Madi, Brit take the plunge with SASI

14 May 2018

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ADELAIDE has thrown out the welcome mat to outstanding young swimmers Madi Wilson and Brit Elmslie with the aim of revitalising their swimming careers.

Elmslie, with two Olympic Games gold medals behind her in 2012 and 2016 as part of the 4X100m freestyle teams, and Wilson, who made the 100m backstroke final at the Rio Olympics, both decided to move to South Australia mainly after the disappointment of not making the Australian team at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Plenty of discussions between family and coaches saw the duo join the highly regarded SASI program.

Elmslie, 23, said the move had been something she needed to do.

"I was looking for a bit of a change, I had been doing the same job (program) for about 17 years and was just looking for a simpler life,'' Elmslie said.

''I was on the hunt for something new and to give my life and swimming a new spark. I knew Bish (Peter Bishop) and Kyle (Chalmers) so thought I would see what happened from there.

''Life is much simpler and Adelaide is a very much laid-back lifestyle. I was looking at de-stressing my life.

''I know South Australia a bit as my parents were born here but were looking for a change for the family so we moved to Noosa just before I was born. We used to come back every year at Christmas in the early days and I really loved that.

''It was nothing personal against anyone (moving to SA) but I needed to freshen up and so far I am really enjoying being here.

''I have aims to make the Pan Pac team in Tokyo later in the year (August 9-13) but hope to do well at the Pan Pac trials at Marion in July. I think Marion is an absolute brillinat pool and I am so happy the trials will be here.''

Elmslie, who lives in Brighton, endured a hard time in 2015 where she had a benign tumour removed from her breast.

''That was a tough time but my health's good now,'' Elmslie said. ''I'm going all guns blazing now.''

The AFL fan who has a slight preference for Port Adelaide, plans to transfer her study of media and communications soon to Uni SA.

Wilson, 23yrs, also was aiming to reinvigorate her swimming and lifestyle after moving from Queensland recently.

''It was after the Rio Games where I thought about what was ahead for me in the Olympic cycle,'' Wilson said.

''I needed something to motivate me for the 2020 Olympics (Tokyo) and coming here was just what I needed.

''It will take time to acclimatise but I am finding my way around Adelaide. The Pan Pacs are definitely on my radar but it will take time.''

Wilson of Glenelg North was studying nursing in Queensland but is weighing up her options in SA.

SASI Head Coach Swimming Perter Bishop said the program was thrilled to have the duo on board.

''Both girls are great athletes and hopefully we can offer them the best possible training environment,'' Bishop said. ''The main thing is to get them settled and to give them every chance.''

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